Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Tacos

teriyaki tacos

My favorite foods always incorporate some sort of fusion. We love foods from all cultures and sometimes we are torn between multiple dinner ideas. The easiest way to compromise is to fuse the two!

teriyaki tacos

PS. my mom gave us an insta pot for Christmas and we have used it almost every single day since. I seriously cannot recommend the insta pot enough. It makes life so easy during the week. You can make a full meal in 20 minutes. Mind blown.

teriyaki tacos

The filling is delicious enough to stand alone. So if you wanted to make this even lower carb you can use a lettuce wrap instead. We used low carb mission tortilla wraps and went very light handed on the rice.

teriyaki tacos

A layer of sesame ginger rice, teriyaki chicken, cheese, pico, sour cream, and hot sauce. Plus lots and lots of fresh lime juice. I will probably need to make these again this week after writing this. All my favorite flavors wrapped up together. Not sure what else I can ask for in a dinner!

teriyaki tacos

Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Tacos
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Sesame ginger rice, teriyaki chicken, cheese, sour cream and hot sauce!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chicken thighs
  • ½ cup of teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups of cooked basmati rice
  • 1 tsp of dried ginger
  • 1 tsp of black sesame seeds or toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • shredded cheddar
  • pico de gallo (chopped tomato, white onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice)
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • low carb tortillas
  • limes
Instructions
  1. In a roasting pan lay out the chicken thighs and season with brown sugar, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Cover with onions and pineapple then drizzle teriyaki on top. Bake for 30 minutes, cool and shred.
  2. If making in an instant pot- use saute feature to brown the chicken and onions, switch to the stew/meat button. Season with salt pepper, cayenne, garlic, brown sugar, pineapple, and teriyaki. Cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix basmati rice with melted butter, ginger, and sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To assemble-
  5. Fill tortilla with rice, chicken, cheese, sour cream, and pico.
  6. Squeeze lots of lime over the top
  7. Serve with hot sauce

teriyaki tacos

Are you ready to run out and make these? I promise you will not regret it! One of our favorite new go to meals during the week. So fast, easy, and delish!

 

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Better Burrito Bowls

burrito bowl

2018 is here! I can’t believe how fast the holidays flew by for us! I know everyone usually says “new year. new you”, but this year I have a wedding to get ready for! My game plan is a better healthier version of myself. We already cleaned up all the holiday decorations and removed a lot of the holiday sweets from the house.

Now I am not a big snack person, but I think that is what has been holding me back. So instead of my usual one medium meal and one big meal a day I am going to have tiny meals throughout the day. I have also decided to give up diet coke Sunday-Friday. If I do well during the week I’m going to allow myself to have it on Saturdays because it really is my all time favorite treat.

burrito bowl

One of my favorite foods in the world are burritos. Breakfast, lunch or dinner there is a burrito for every time of the day. Obviously burritos are not going to help me on my health journey so I had to think outside of the tortilla. Burrito bowls are my go to at places like Chipotle, but I wanted to make it a little bit healthier.

burrito bowl

You can definitely switch out the ingredients that I used to make it even lower in calories. The most important ingredient for me is the homemade pico de gallo. I could eat this on literally anything. Yesterday I had some red pepper hummus and celery, but I topped each bite with pico because I am obsessed!

burrito bowl

Better Burrito Bowls
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Healthier burrito bowls filled with grilled chicken and veggies!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • (season with salt pepper and olive oil)
  • 5 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • ½ cup of jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
  • ¼ cup of chopped cilantro
  • juice from 1 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped lettuce
  • 1 cup of basmati rice cooked and fluffed
  • 1 more lime zested and juiced
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • light sour cream
  • red onion sliced
  • hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan.
  2. Mark your chicken and cook through
  3. Cool and slice
  4. saute the sliced red onion with a little more olive oil
  5. Add lime zest and lime juice to the rice with a little salt and pepper
  6. For the pico- in a bowl add the lime juice, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, salt and pepper
  7. To assemble your bowls-
  8. Add lettuce and rice to a bowl
  9. Top with chicken and onions
  10. Spoon pico on top with a sprinkle of cheese
  11. I love lots of hot sauce on mine and a little sour cream!

burrito bowl

I hope you all try to make your version of a healthier burrito bowl! Happy New Year!

 

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Holiday Roast with Chimichurri

holiday roast

We are all about some turkey in our house. I love trying different cooking methods in search of the perfect juicy bird. For those of you that do not want to go the traditional route this year I definitely recommend trying a beef roast. It is even easier to prep than a turkey and it is absolutely delicious with all the traditional Thanksgiving sides.

holiday roast

The chimichurri is so fresh! I love drizzling it over the roast and veggies. Honestly we like dipping super soft rolls into our sauce too! I like a super thick crust on my roast. You do not have to char your meat as much as I did, but I promise it was fantastic! I just love the difference in textures between a crunchy seasoned crust and super juicy buttery meat.

holiday roast

Smoked Gouda mashed potatoes are totally optional, but a big must in our house! The meat is so perfect by itself you could just roast off whatever veggies you have and serve.

holiday roast

My all time favorite sandwiches consist of prime rib or roast beef. Layers of beef with a horseradish mayo, fresh lettuce, tomato, and peppers with some sort of melty cheese.  I blame my dad. To this day he lives to find hole in the wall restaurants with incredible prime rib sandwiches.

Holiday Roast with Chimichurri
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Flavorful crusted beef roast with fresh chimichurri.
Ingredients
  • For the beef-
  • One beef roast or prime rib round 8 pounds (more or less based on your serving needs)
  • 5 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 tsp of sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of water
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ⅛ cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • For the chimichurri:
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup of chopped fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • juice from one large lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp of honey
Instructions
  1. Use a fork to poke holes all over the beef roast
  2. In a large bowl mix together the water, Worcestershire, soy sauce, red pepper, garlic, sugar
  3. Add the beef and marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
  4. Dry the beef with paper towels and sprinkled liberally with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano
  5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  6. In a large pan add a little olive oil and on medium high heat sear the meat on each side
  7. Move to a roasting pan and drizzle with a little more olive oil
  8. Roast for 30 minutes then check the internal temp
  9. (I just leave the thermometer in and cook until 120 degrees)
  10. Drizzle a little melted butter over the top and add a little more salt and pepper (just a pinch)
  11. Cook until 130 degrees for medium rare
  12. Let rest for at least 15 minutes this will bring the temp to around 135-140
  13. For the chimichurri:
  14. In a food processor combined all the ingredients and pulse until smooth
  15. Add more olive oil if you want a more liquid consistency
  16. Season with the salt and pepper to your taste

This roast is so juicy and packed full of flavor! You can even slice up the leftovers (if you have any!) for roast beef sandwiches! Just imagine a little of that roast on a soft fluffy roll with the chimichurri… yuuuum.

holiday roast

Don’t forget to tag me @kelliericecakes if you try this recipe out!!!! Happy eating! 🙂

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Jerk Chicken and Rice

jerk chicken and rice

This Jerk Chicken is a game changer! I actually had a dessert planned to go up today, but we have made this multiple times in the past two weeks! With the holidays right around the corner I knew you guys needed this recipe… TODAY!

jerk chicken and rice

I love this dinner for multiple reasons. One- there is hardly any prep work. Everything is thrown into the oven and you can forget about it until they are done! Two- it is super cheap! Depending where you buy your chicken you can make this whole meal for $10-$15! Three- the flavors are out of this world!

jerk chicken and rice

This recipe is based off a recipe from my new favorite YouTube channel, Sortedfood. It is a channel about 3 friends that learn new cooking techniques from their 2 chef friends. I cannot stop watching! They are so creative and they mix flavor combos that you just can’t find anywhere else! When I saw their version of jerk chicken I knew I had to make it immediately. As in I finished the episode and scavenged my kitchen in search of ingredients. I didn’t follow their recipe exactly, but I did follow their chicken butchering skills!

jerk chicken and rice

The most important part of the dish is making sure you spatchcock the chicken (aka take out the backbone).  This allows you to really get the marinade into each part of the chicken. I have never had such juicy meat before and we tried this technique with a few different sizes of chicken.

I love this marinade because you get so many levels of flavor. The heat from the cayenne, the freshness from the herbs, and the bitterness from the lime zest all come together for the perfect balance.

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Jerk Chicken and Rice
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Recipe type: Chicken
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Serves: 3-4
 
Jerk chicken bursting with flavor over a fluffy bed of rice and beans.
Ingredients
  • For the chicken:
  • 1 whole chicken 4-6 pounds
  • 2 tbsp of cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 5 cloves of garlic chopped
  • ¼ cup of chopped yellow or white onions
  • ¼ cup of fresh chopped herbs ( I used basil)
  • ½ tbsp of nutmeg
  • ½ tbsp of all spice
  • zest from 1 lime
  • juice from 1 lime
  • For the rice
  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 can of rinsed pinto beans
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder
  • juice from 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. With a very sharp knife cut the backbone out of the chicken and cut off all the extra fat/ skin around the top and bottom of the chicken
  3. In a large bowl mix the oil, lime, lime zest, herbs, onions, garlic, all the spices except ½ tbsp of paprika and ½ tsp of salt
  4. Add the chicken and massage the marinade over the chicken and under the skin
  5. Take a fork and poke through the chicken all over the breast and legs to allow the marinade to soak into the meat
  6. Set to the side while you prep the rice
  7. In a roasting pan add all the ingredients from the rice section and stir lighty
  8. Add a grill rack to the top of the roasting pan ( I used a cookie rack)
  9. Set your chicken on the top of the rack (this is going to let the rice absorb the juices as it cooks!)
  10. Take any remaining marinade and dump on top of the chicken
  11. Season with left over paprika and salt
  12. Roast for 20 minutes
  13. Fluff your rice and cook for another 15-20 minutes or until the internal temp reads 160
  14. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing
  15. Dress with a little more lime juice!

jerk chicken and rice

I think next time I am going to try this recipe with a small turkey! I just want all these flavors all the time now. Seriously one of the easiest most delicious chicken recipes I have ever made!

 

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Spicy Beef Hot Pot

spicy beef hot pot

Hot Pot is one of those things that I think you either love or you hate. Most restaurants will have individual burners or share burners filled with savory broth. You cook a selection of meats and vegetables in your own simmering broth. Our favorite place also has a sauce bar. All you can eat chili oil? Sign me up! I did not go traditional today. I took all my favorite things from Hot Pot and made it a much easier clean up.

We had a new market open near us and I am almost embarrassed to tell you how many times we have been in the past 2 weeks. I say almost embarrassed because then I remember all the different kinds of dumplings and pork buns we have tried. Patrick is borderline obsessed with a little Ramen restaurant in the food court. Which is how this recipe came about this weekend. It has been threatening to snow flurry all weekend and every part of me wanted a rich beef soup. Not just any beef soup though. A hot pot style soup. Something with a rich broth and tons of goodies.

spicy beef hot pot

Most of these ingredients you can find right in your local grocery store. We purchased ours at a new local Asian market. If you have one close by definitely check it out! The herbs and vegetables are usually a fraction of the cost compared to local grocery stores. The selection is out of this world, and you can usually find really good deals on butchered meats.

spicy beef hot pot

I used pre-cubed rib eye. You can use any kind of beef you would like. Sliced brisket, stew meat, skirt steak sliced against the grain… anything works as long as you brown/sear the meat first.

Now lets talk about your heat tolerance. Mine is high- as in I tap out when fire comes out of my ears.  Patrick’s kids usually can handle fairly spicy, but I think this recipe would terrify them. So I am going to give you some options to make this family friendly.

If you are going to an Asian market you can pick up a hot pot starter. These are also available online or you could definitely make it yourself.

spicy beef hot pot

When searching for your hot pot base definitely take into account your heat preference. If you are more of a mild to medium spicy I would completely stay away from anything with Szechuan Peppercorns. I don’t think they are necessarily spicy, but sometimes you can get a bite that will unexpectedly numb your entire mouth. In theory I believe they are used to allow you to taste all the flavors in the hot pot, but if this is your first time making a recipe like this I would just skip them.

To build the base you will start by browning/ searing your meat. This is going to help tenderize the meat as well as build a lot of great flavor. Removed the meat then add in your broth and spices. Bring the broth to a rolling boil then drop down to barely a simmer before adding the meat back into the pot. Do not skip this step because it is going to give you super juicy bites of tender meat instead of chewy bites.

spicy beef hot pot

You can literally add anything to this soup. Some of my favorites are- mushrooms, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, onion, egg, soup dumplings, noodles. Today we are using pork soup dumplings, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, Chinese noodles, and lots of fresh basil.

You can use any kind of dumplings you prefer, but I like the tiny bite size square dumplings. You can also have a dumpling sauce on the side for dipping. Yum!

Spicy Beef Hot Pot
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Spicy broth simmered with rib-eye, garlic, and mushrooms. Poured over basil, dumplings and Chinese noodles.
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of beef stock
  • ½ pound of cubed or sliced steak
  • 1 tsp of canola oil
  • 2 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 cup of fresh herbs
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • 4 oz or 2 servings of dried pasta such as Chinese noodles, ramen, or spaghetti
  • 2 cups of dumplings
  • ¼ cup of hot pot base (Little Sheep is a good brand and I believe they sell it at Walmart)
  • Homemade Starter
  • If you want to make your own starter-
  • ¼ cup of canola oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of soy bean paste
  • 1 tsp of cayenne or white pepper (depending on your heat level)
  • 1 tsp of garlic
  • 1 tsp of crushed red chili (optional)
  • 1 tsp of whole cloves (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot heat 1 tsp of canola oil over medium heat
  2. Add in your meat careful not to crowd
  3. Brown/ sear your meat and set to the side
  4. Add in the chopped garlic and mushrooms
  5. Lower the heat and pour hot pot base over the top
  6. Add in the broth
  7. Bring to a boil
  8. Lower to barely a simmer (too hot will toughen your meat)
  9. Add the meat back in and simmer for 30-40 minutes
  10. minutes before serving add your noodles
  11. minutes before serving add in your dumplings
  12. Garnish with fresh herbs ( I love basil, but cilantro works too)
  13. Serve with a dumpling sauce and sriracha
  14. Or even a crusty hunk of bread

spicy beef hot pot

My Italian roots poked out a little here and I served mine with a load of crusty sourdough bread. Now before you judge my carbs on carbs on carbs just try a piece of warm bread dipped in this broth. It is so delicious!

I hope you enjoy my twist on a classic dish!

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Creamy Chicken Pot Pies

chicken pot pie

**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce. All opinions are entirely my own.

I am all about fresh ingredients. I often talk about places I love to shop. The biggest factor in keeping me as a customer is consistent, quality ingredients. Thankfully I have a Publix right around the corner so it is easy for me to run and grab what I need.

One of the biggest reasons I blog is because I am always in the kitchen creating! As my recipe starts to come together, I always think of ingredients that would just take the food over the top! There are often times when I will go to the grocery store multiple times in a day. It is important that I have a place I can count on.

chicken pot pie

If you are a frequent Publix shopper, you already know they usually run a great buy one, get one special. Publix is running a BOGO on RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce NOW through Wednesday, October 11th.  

chicken pot pie

This is the PERFECT time to stock up. RAGÚ has so many different sauces to choose from, and they could be a great base for any meal.

chicken pot pie

Now that it is officially fall, I am all about good, warm comforting food! Creamy, cheesy, chicken just keeps popping into my head. I was thinking about creating a soup, but it is still fairly warm here in Georgia. When I was making my list of ingredients, Patrick asked if I was making a pot pie. Umm now I am!

chicken pot pie

I used the RAGÚ Family Size Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce as the base for my Cheesy Chicken Pot Pies. This sauce is usually known for Chicken Alfredo, but since it is already packed with real cream and fresh cheese, it is also perfect for an easy pot pie! All that Parmesan and Romano cheese in this sauce is right up my alley! I used the family size, but you can also reduce the recipe and use the 16 oz. if you are serving less people.

You can make a giant pot pie for the family, but I love making individual pies. A really satisfying creamy base packed with vegetables topped with a crispy pie crust. Is it dinner time yet?

chicken pot pie

Chicken Pot Pie
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Ingredients
  • 1 Jar of RAGÚ Family Size Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce 21.5 oz
  • 4 Cups of chicken stock
  • 1 Pound of chicken breast
  • ½ Pound of thick cut bacon cooked, drained, and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 Medium yellow onion chopped
  • ½ Cup of carrots chopped
  • 2 Medium Yukon potatoes peeled and chopped
  • ½ Cup of chopped celery
  • 2 Tbsp of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp of paprika
  • 1 Tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 Cup of cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 Package prepared pie crust dough
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
  • Parsley or thyme
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan add the chicken and stock.
  2. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Pull chicken out and set to the side to cool.
  4. Add the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes to the chicken stock.
  5. Simmer until potatoes and carrots are fork tender.
  6. Add the jar of RAGÚ Classic Alfredo.
  7. Lower the heat to medium low.
  8. Shred the chicken and add into the pot.
  9. Pour in the pepper, paprika, garlic, and garlic powder.
  10. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  11. Add ½ cup of the cheddar, butter, and the bacon to the pot and turn off heat.
  12. Pour chicken mixture into individual oven safe bowls.
  13. Top each bowl with a circle of pie crust, I used the top of the bowls to measure the dough.
  14. Mix the egg with a tbsp of water and brush onto each crust.
  15. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  16. Bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  17. Top with fresh herbs and enjoy!

chicken pot pie

Is your mouth watering yet? Just image tapping your spoon through this cheesy crust and revealing all that creamy chicken. This meal will definitely bring smiles to the dinner table! You can check out the BOGO deal here through the Publix Weekly Ads. Be sure to get RAGÚ Pasta Sauce. It can easily be found on the pasta sauce aisle at Publix.

Don’t forget to tag me if you recreate this recipe! I love seeing all your recreations!

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Sesame Udon Noodles And Crispy Chicken

crispy chicken and udon

I am not really sure how to classify this recipe. All I wanted to eat was some sesame drenched noodles and Patrick really wanted fried chicken. As long as I add a vegetable it counts as a balanced meal right?  Now you need to picture a big bowl of soft udon noodles coated in a sweet sesame soy sauce topped with sauteed veggies and crispy chicken. Yes this is one of my dream meals.

crispy chicken and udon

The first time I have ever had udon noodles was at Whole Foods. They had this amazing cold udon salad. They have such an amazing texture and the ability to soak up any sauces. The soft noodles pair perfectly with the crispy chicken. Of course I doused my noodles with hot sauce, but how can you not!? Hot sauce is perfect with crispy chicken. I bought a mix from the grocery store of raw veggies that were exactly what these noodles needed. Chopped cabbage, mushrooms, snow peas, and carrots seasoned lightly with salt and pepper.

crispy chicken and udon

This dish definitely rivals some of my favorite take out places. If you don’t like your noodles as soft you can cook them until just before they are done. The heat from the sauce will do the rest. Play around with the textures. Use your favorite veggies. I used toasted sesame seeds on top of the chicken for just a tiny bit more crunch.

Sesame Udon Noodles And Crispy Chicken
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Soft sesame udon noodles wtih crispy chicken and sauteed veggies.
Ingredients
  • For the noodles:
  • 2 packages of udon
  • chopped assorted veggies (cabbage, snow peas, carrots)
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp of cooking oil
  • 1 tsp of toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds to taste
  • For the chicken:
  • 1 pound of chicken breast
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of panko
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of white pepper
  • 3 cups of oil for cooking
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat 3 cups of oil in a deep pot or cast iron skillet
  2. Cut the chicken into 4 thin strips
  3. Mix the flour, salt, garlic, paprika, and pepper
  4. Dredge the chicken into the flour mix
  5. Mix the 2 eggs together and add 1 tbsp of water
  6. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture
  7. Toss the chicken in the panko crumbs
  8. Fry until golden brown and internal temp hits 160 -165 degrees
  9. Drain on paper towel and salt lightly
  10. Cook udon noodles by package directions
  11. In a sauce pan saute the veggies in the tbsp of cooking oil season lightly with salt and pepper
  12. Set veggies to the side
  13. In a sauce pan add the soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic, crushed red pepper
  14. Bring to a slight boil then drop heat to a simmer for 1-2 minutes
  15. Take off heat
  16. Toss the sauce and noodles
  17. Top with veggies and chicken
  18. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the top

crispy chicken and udon

Today happens to be our first perfect fall day. The weather is sunny, but around 65 degrees. I think it is calling for these sesame noodles and crispy chicken!

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Roasted Chicken Jalapeno Tacos

chicken and chili tacos

When you love to cook sometimes you get into a little bit of a routine. We have been eating a lot of the same dinners over and over because 1. we already know we love them and 2. they are quick and easy.

chicken and chili tacos

I was craving something with a lot of lime and spice. I ended up taking some fresh jalapenos, onion, garlic, and limes and roasting them down with my chicken breast. Pouring chicken broth over the chicken and veggies while roasting gave me a really rich flavorful sauce. After one bite I knew this had to be stuffed into a taco!

chicken and chili tacos

The only thing that made this roasted chicken even better was topping my taco with some baked fries covered in chili powder! We have an obsession with fries on our tacos and burritos. Go carb or go home? You can skip the side of rice and even the tortilla, but please don’t miss out on these crispy baked fries.

chicken and chili tacos

You know I love spicy. I was surprised by how mild these tacos were even after I mixed the fresh AND pickled jalapenos. So of course I added a little drizzle of Valentina sauce and a squirt of lime. Seriously, the best combination!

chicken and chili tacos

There is a sprinkle of fresh parsley over our tacos because we do not eat cilantro, but if you are a cilantro lover I would recommend a chop of fresh cilantro.

Roasted Chicken Jalapeno Tacos
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Roasted chicken, jalapenos, onions, garlic, and lime come together for a really fresh taco filling.
Ingredients
  • 2 fresh jalapenos chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup of pickled jalapeno
  • 1 tsp of garlic salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • juice from 1 lime
  • ¼ cup of sour cream ( with more for serving)
  • 2 russet potatoes cleaned and cut into strips
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of chili powder
  • flour tortillas
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • hot sauce
  • fresh tomatoes
  • side of Spanish rice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. In a dutch oven add the chicken, chicken broth, jalapenos, onion, garlic, lime, lime rinds, sugar, garlic salt, and pepper.
  3. Roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Pull out the lime rinds and discard.
  5. Put the chicken on a plate and let cool for shredding.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400.
  7. Lay the potatoes on a sheet pan.
  8. Coat with olive oil and chili powder.
  9. Cook until golden brown about 15-20 minutes.
  10. Move the dutch oven to the oven range and bring the liquid to a boil.
  11. Add the shredded chicken and sour cream.
  12. Bring the heat to low.
  13. Cook until the sauce thickens about 10 minutes.
  14. Assemble your tacos!

chicken and chili tacos

Now try not to make this every day this week! 🙂

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Grilled Fish and Dirty Rice

Grilled Fish and Dirty Rice

A few months ago we went to Pappadeaux for dinner. I convinced Patrick to try the dirty rice. He always orders fries and the rice at Pappadeaux with lemon butter is out of this world! He ordered some sort of blacked fish with crawfish and lemon butter over dirty rice. We still talk about how good that combo is!

Grilled Fish and Dirty RiceI don’t know if this recipe really qualifies as dirty rice, but it is soooo good with grilled fish. We eat this dish at least once a week. I’m not saying this dish is necessarily healthy because I do use a lemon butter sauce, but it is definitely lighter then the fried fish we usually eat. You can grill the fish in a grill pan if you don’t want to deal with preparing an outside grill, but I love the char you can get with an outside grill.

Grilled Fish and Dirty RiceSince we have been grilling so much fish I have learned a few tricks to set you up for success!

1. make sure you clean the grates on your grill really well and apply a very light layer of vegetable oil then wipe down with a paper towel 2. apply a very thin layer of olive oil, vegetable oil, or coconut oil to the fish before seasoning 3. salmon, tuna, and sword fish are usually thick enough to lay directly on the grate 4. delicate fish such as the tilapia I used needs to be placed on a grill plate or a piece of tin foil.

Grilled Fish and Dirty Rice

 

Grilled Fish and Dirty Rice
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Recipe type: Fish
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Serves: 2-3
 
Grilled Fish and Dirty Rice
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of fish, salmon, tilapia and grouper work best
  • 2 tbsp blackening seasoning (whole foods has a great in house low salt version)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of prepared white or brown long grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • ½ cup chopped tomato
  • 1 tbsp of blackening seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt (if you are using a low salt blackening seasoning)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 large lemon
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup of oil
Instructions
  1. Let the fish sit out for 30 minutes to come to room temp
  2. Heat the grill
  3. Lightly oil the fish and pat the seasoning thickly on top
  4. Lay a piece of tin foil on the grill and top with the fish
  5. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side until the fish is heated through and opaque
  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  7. In an oven safe pan heat oven medium and add 1 tbsp of oil
  8. Saute peppers and onions
  9. Add chopped garlic once onions are translucent
  10. Turn off the heat and add in the rice and tomato
  11. Mix through and season with the blackening spice, garlic powder, paprika, and salt/pepper
  12. Cook for 10 minutes until the rice starts to crisp slightly
  13. Add lemon juice to melted butter
  14. Serve over the rice and fish
  15. Sprinkle with fresh basil

Grilled Fish and Dirty Rice

Do you ever watch those videos on tips and tricks for commercial food? They use laundry pins and paper towels to prop food up. Spray with oil to get the food glistening. Taking pictures of real food is sometimes so difficult. So many bloggers make their food early in the day then reheat later. Currently I work around 50 hours a week and try to squeeze blog time in whenever I can. For this dish I had exactly one hour before the sun set to try and prepare the food and my “table setting”. Usually I have time to think about the colors and ways to really show you guys how delicious the food really is. This recipe entailed a ton of comical mishaps along the way, but I had to post because it really is one of my favorite new meals! The rice has just enough crisp to offset the flaky fish and the lemon butter soaks right into each bite.

If you try this recipe please tag me so I can enjoy all your creations! #kelliericecakes

 

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Buffalo Chicken Pizza Appetizer

buffalo chicken pizza

Buffalo wing sauce is such a huge flavor in our house. We try to limited processed snack food around the house, but every time a new chip, pretzel, or any snack comes out flavored buffalo wings we have to buy them all. This Buffalo Chicken Pizza could definitely be a meal, but I think it is such a great appetizer. Something quick and easy to throw together for unexpected guests or super hungry kids.

buffalo chicken pizza

If you have been following my recipes for a while you already know I am a huge believer in the chicken thigh. I usually buy them in bulk and freeze small portions for the week. The meat to me just has so much flavor and stays juicy. I personally feel like they fill me up quicker than the chicken breast. If you love the flavors of buffalo chicken, but not the calories definitely try using a little sauce over grilled or baked chicken thighs.

I used my go to pizza dough for this recipe because it comes together very quickly. I wanted something that would pair well with garlic and buffalo flavors. I topped the pizza with monterey jack  cheese for a really melty bite.

buffalo chicken pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Appetizer
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Sweet garlic dough covered in buffalo chicken, melted cheese, and creamy ranch.
Ingredients
  • For the dough:
  • 1 packet of active yeast
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • For the toppings.
  • Chopped chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup of hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder, divided
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups of grated monterey jack
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • ½ tsp dill
  • ⅛ tsp of salt (just a pinch)
Instructions
  1. Mix the yeast, honey and water together and let sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast bubbles
  2. Add in the flour and salt
  3. Mix with a dough hook for about 5 minutes until a ball forms
  4. Cover and set to the side for 30 minutes to rise
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  6. In a saute pan toss the chicken with 1 tbsp of butter until cooked through
  7. Add the remaining butter, hot sauce, chopped garlic
  8. Heat sauce through and toss the chicken to coat
  9. Roll out the dough on a floured surface then transfer to a large pan
  10. Sprinkle the dough with 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  11. Top with the hot sauce and chicken mixture
  12. Crack a little black pepper over the top
  13. Cover with the cheese
  14. Bake for 15 -20 minutes until cheese is bubbling and crust is golden
  15. Mix the sour cream, milk, dill, salt and remaining garlic powder
  16. Drizzle over the pizza
  17. Add a little more hot sauce if you want!

buffalo chicken pizza

You can garnish with fresh parsley or dill if you are feeling fancy! This recipe is the perfect combo of my two favorite foods! Don’t forget to #kelliericecakes if you try this recipe!

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